Oh That Holiday Cash….

Well, the holidays are finally over.  I’m hoping Santa was very good to all of you, but if there are still some gaps, how about picking out something great for yourself from Smittys Rancho to buy with that holiday money?

Here in Ohio it was unseasonably warm for Christmas, but this morning blew any residual warmth right on out of here.   As I looked out in the driveway at the ice engulfing my truck windows I knew it was back to my cold weather gear before heading out.

Here at Smittys Rancho, we have some of the nicest and warmest cold weather gear you’re likely to find for the female outdoor population from Prios and Haley Vines.  It’s not too late to gear up, and if you live up in the north like we do, you are going to need it quick!

Here are a couple matching favorites to get you started.

Stay warm and dry with this matching elevation coat and insulated pants by Pros.  Deep set hand pockets and waterproof zippers are just a couple of the great features found in this pair.

elevatiion jacket       elevation pant

And from Haley Vines, another matching set, perfect for blending into the winter scenery around you – the waterproof insulated coat and pants available in Kings Snow Shadow, Mossy Oak Duck Blind or Plain Black. These rugged separates feature 100% polyester shell for wind and water repelling – in addition to the skin-warming super soft faux mink liner… very cozy.

.haley vines jacket haley vines pants

And if it’s not ‘cold cold’ where you live, how about the Prois Sherpa Fleece?  You’ll be the most squeezable gal on your block in this soft zip up vest.  Fun.

prois vest

Last but not least, don’t forget to accessorize with these cute bullet earrings – sure to catch attention everywhere you go.


Check out these and other awesome hand selected items from our respected suppliers at the Smittys Rancho Website, and have a great and Happy New Year!

See you in 2015!

Ree 2014


Smittys Rancho – Wishing You and Yours a Very Happy Holiday Season!

From chestnuts roasting on an open fire to yuletide carols being sung by a choir, we all have our own special activities and traditions we participate in for the holidays. Around my house growing up, there were always Christmas cookies to be made… by the hundreds!

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a house that had a ton of kitchen space after my Mom & Dad and the rest of the family pitched in and put an addition onto our century home in Olmstead Falls Ohio. One of the greatest features of the new kitchen was this huge butcher block island that was big enough for all of us to prepare food on together… and at Christmastime it became cookie central.

I remember the sights and smells and tastings (of course) that accompanied the making of these delicious holiday treats. My Mom and others in the family still continue the cookie making, though on a smaller scale now that we have all moved away from one another… my niece stopped by this morning with gifts for us and – you guessed it, a tin of homemade cookies for us to enjoy. Sweet!

And here they are – yum!


So now, just in time for a last minute gift or a treat for your own family… our holiday gift to you – the recipes for three of our family’s favorites. Pecan nut tarts, snowballs, and date nut pinwheels.

Pecan Nut Tarts

3 ounces cream cheese softened, 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon butter softened, 1 cup sifted flour, 1 egg, 3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed, 1 teaspoon vanilla, dash salt, 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325F. Thoroughly combine cream cheese the 1/2 cup butter & flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Divide dough into 24 small balls; press into the bottom and up the sides of two mini muffin tins (no greasing the pans required). Combine egg, brown sugar, vanilla, salt & remaining butter. Beat until smooth. Sprinkle 1/3 cup pecans equally into 24 tart shells. Divide egg mixture equally among the 24 tarts – pouring on top of pecans. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup pecans on top of tarts.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.


Snowball Cookies

2 sticks of butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 1 cup powdered sugar

*Notes – If dough is too dry and crumbles 1 beaten egg can be added, if dough seems too wet add an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

Melt butter in saucepan over medium high heat and add chopped pecans. Continue cooking and stirring until butter starts to turn brown (around 3 minutes). Gently stir frequently to prevent the nuts from burning. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Refrigerate until mixture is fully cooled – around 30 minutes usually.

Heat oven to 350°F. Using an electric mixer, combine cooled pecan mixture and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Add vanilla, and cinnamon. Reduce speed and gradually add flour, mix on low until a crumbly dough forms. If dough seems too wet, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch size balls. Place balls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until cookies turn slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and roll quickly in powdered sugar. Place on racks to cool.


Date Nut Pinwheels

Filling Ingredients: 2 cups chopped pitted dates, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (you can use either walnuts or pecans)

Dough Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter softened, 2 cups packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place dates, sugar, and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until dates break down – about 10 minutes. Stir often with a wooden spoon to help break up the dates. Mixture will resemble a thick jam. Stir in nuts and cool completely.

Meanwhile, place butter, brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl.   Mix well with an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, continue to combine well.

Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Gradually add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture beating after each addition to fully incorporate.

Divide dough into two pieces. On a well-floured surface, roll out each portion of dough into a large rectangle measuring roughly 10 x 15 inches, 1/4 inch thick. Spread half of the date filling across the rolled out dough. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough ‘jelly roll style’.   If dough cracks, pinch it back together and continue rolling. At the end, pinch seam to close.

Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To bake the cookies, heat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice each roll into about 45 cookies.

Place slices onto ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes until cookies are browned. Cool on wire racks

Well, that’s all for now. We hope you enjoy making these cookies as much as we have over all these years, and we also hope you all have a warm and joyous holiday season.

Ree 2014

Smittys Rancho – Christmas Crunch Time Gifts

Well, it’s only 10 days till Christmas and it’s not too late to get something great for your special someone from Smittys Rancho. Thanks to express shipping these days, last minute is no problem.

Lost for ideas? Here’s a few I know they’ll love.

For her, clothes, jewelry, handbags, totes, and more…

henley naked north snow  accessorie 6  MW_PURSE_PAISLEY_WITH_CROSS_BLACK__45336.1375301828.1280.1280   ???????????????????????????????


Clutch 2  yellow racquet tote

For him, how about a real leather wallet from Webers or the very cool Kaito Weather radio… or maybe a nice first aid kit for his glovebox… so many choices!

weber tri fold wallet - no pink  kaito weathermate radio  first aid kit


Order quickly for before Christmas delivery and happy shopping.

Make sure to join us here next week for a special Christmas blog edition.

Happy Holidays to you and yours from us and ours 🙂

Ree 2014

Smittys Rancho – Getting Down & Dirty for a Cause

As promised last week, let’s talk about an upcoming event that some of us ladies here at Smittys Rancho will be participating in this summer… and who knows, maybe if you’re interested we’ll see you there.

On July 25, 2015, Ace Adventure Resort in West Virginia will be hosting the Second Annual Gritty Chix Mud Run, and we’re going!   This event is being held by the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, and looks like one of the most fun things we’ve seen in a long time, so we’re going to do it.

This will be my second trip to the resort personally – I went whitewater rafting there a few years back, and they definitely run a first class operation so I am very excited to be making a return trip for this special event.

Not only is the run for a good cause, it will give us ladies an opportunity to network and make some new friends along the way… because one can never have too many friends, right?

So what is a Gritty Chix Mud Run you ask? Well, take a peek at the You Tube video of last year’s event – click the link below – and I’ll wait right here until you’re back.

Gritty Chix Mud Run

I also thought you might like seeing this additional video footage and information on the course itself.

Mud Obstacle Course Information

Mud, water, friends and fun… I don’t think it gets any better than this. If you are interested in participating in the run, make sure to contact the good folks at Ace, and we’ll see you there in July.

Oh, and I already have my outfit picked out for the event (below) – from the Wilderness Dreams Action Wear Collection – the Black with Mossy Oak Pink Breakup Camo Trim Shorts and Black with Mossy Oak Pink Breakup Camo Trim Sports Bra.



See you next time.

Ree 2014

Smittys Rancho Explores Concealed Carry Requirements State to State – It’s as Clear as Mud

Hi Everyone. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday, and speaking of the holidays let’s discuss your Christmas travel plans…

If you’re planning on traveling out of your state for the holidays, you are probably wondering if your weapon should go with you or if it will be unwelcome at your destination.  Let’s see what we can find out about that.

Like so many other things that involve the government, there are many grey areas that are seemingly left open to interpretation and a lot of subjective assessment at the local and state level.  After some research, here’s what I found on the subject.

In the Federal arena, it is stated that current and former law enforcement officers may carry concealed weapons with proper identification.  “Both statutes supersede state and local laws regarding concealed carry by law enforcement except in certain circumstances”.

On the State level and for the general public it gets a bit more confusing… “Among the 46 states that require a state-issued permit in order to carry concealed weapons in public (“CCW” permit), nine states have “may issue” laws, which grant the issuing authority wide discretion to deny a CCW permit to an applicant if, for example, the authority believes the applicant lacks good character or lacks a good reason for carrying a weapon in public. The other 37 states have “shall issue” laws, which require the issuing authority to grant most CCW permit requests. “Shall issue” laws can be further subdivided between 17 states that provide no discretion to the issuing authority, and 20 states which provide the issuing authority a limited amount of discretion. The remaining four states (Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming) allow the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.

Yep, clear as mud, right?

Well, here are the determining distinctions between the ‘may’ and the ‘shall’ that are being used in this case:

“May issue” laws give full discretion to the issuing official to grant or deny the permit, based on the guidance of various statutory factors.

In “shall issue” states, law enforcement officials are required to issue a permit to anyone who meets certain minimal statutory requirements.

Still confused?  It’s even more confusing in some particular states, because not only do initial requirements need to be met, but… and here come the subjective assessments I mentioned earlier:

5 states “require the licensing authority to consider the character of the applicant”

5 states “allow permits to be issued only to “suitable persons”

5 states “require the licensing authority to find that the applicant is of “good moral character”

1 state “requires that three “reputable persons” who have known the applicant for at least three years certify that the applicant is of “good moral character and behavior”

1 state “requires that the applicant include with his or her application a certificate signed by five “respectable citizens” of the county in which the applicant resides stating that the applicant is of good moral character, has a reputation for peace and good order, and that possession of a concealed deadly weapon by the applicant is necessary for the protection of the applicant or the applicant’s property”

And finally, 1 state “requires the applicant be of good character and reputation”.

(Italicized information borrowed from ‘Concealed Weapons Permitting Policy Summary– 2013)

Yep, it’s all still clear as mud right?

So with all that being said… back to your holiday travel plans.   My suggestion to you would be to research your destination and make sure you are clear on the requirements and laws that are expected to be upheld so you can comply when it comes to traveling with your weapon.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but since we were on the subject of mud earlier, make sure to check in next week as I disclose a fun Summer of 2015 activity that some of our Smittys Rancho family will be participating in for charity.   We’re making plans, and I don’t know about the rest of the ladies but part of my plan is to slip on some comfortable  Wilderness Dreams Camo Activewear from Smittys Rancho for the event!

Ree 2014